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Saudi Arabia reportedly uncovers Al Qaeda plot

Saudi Arabia reportedly uncovered an Al Qaeda militant group that was plotting to assassinate officials and attack government and foreign targets.

According to Reuters, the group has links to "extremist elements" in Syria and Yemen, and is comprised of 62 members, including 59 Saudi militants, a Pakistani and a Palestinian. 

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said a probe into social media postings, "led security forces after months of hard work to pinpoint suspicious activities that unveiled a terrorist organization through which the elements of Al Qaeda in Yemen were communicating with their counterpart elements in Syria in coordination with a number of misguided (people) at home in various provinces of the kingdom." 

He said during their investigation and subsequent arrests, they discovered a workshop for making advanced electronic circuits used in the detonation of bombs, communication surveillance tools and equipment for forging official documents. 

According to Al-Turki, those arrested had coordinated with members of Al Qaeda in Yemen and Syria and had started drawing plans for smuggling weapons and preparing attacks -- including against Saudi clerics and senior government officials. 

Al-Turki said 35 of the detained Saudis have already been released from detention and await trial on security-related charges. 

Saudi Arabia has been concerned about radicalization because the Syrian civil war has caused a surge in online militancy, Reuters reported.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.